Toss a pie into the sky

Sunil Patel of Knoxville is bringing a new pizza shop to town.

1000 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza is slated to open at 11071 Parkside Drive by early to mid-July. It is this company’s first franchise in Tennessee.

The menu features the White Out (with extra virgin olive oil, shredded mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh mushrooms and garlic), Smokey Pollo (featuring Sweet and Smokey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, shredded mozzarella and bleu cheese) and Meatza (with marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage and crumbled meatballs).

1,000 Degrees Pizzeria gears up for July opening on 14th Street West

MANATEE – At first, the area around The Mall at University Town Center
seemed like the perfect place to open a pizza shop.

But after Ritesh Shah, 32, realized how much competition he’d have there, he
decided to look elsewhere. In the end, he settled on a spot at 6220 14th St. W. in
Bradenton. That’s where his new franchised pizza shop, 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria,
will open — he hopes by July 19.

Shah grew up in India with parents in the hotel business. His family moved to the
U.S. when Shah was 17, and his parents continued their tenure in the hotel
business. Shah got into the liquor and retail side of food service in Pensacola,
where he lived for about 10 years before moving to Bradenton two years ago. He
was visiting family in New Jersey last year when he tried 1,000 Degrees pizza.
It was the restaurant’s use of Caputo 00 flour, a variety made for use in pizza
dough and imported from Italy, that impressed Shah. He also liked that 1,000
Degrees doesn’t use freezers for any ingredients, resulting in a fresher product.
“I ate their pizza and it was amazing,” Shah said. “I really loved it.”
He dreamed of being a chef and working in the food business growing up, and
thought 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria and Bradenton were a good match for several

“I saw Bradenton needed a place where a family can come in and have a nice
dinner,” Shah said. “And it’s quick, and it’s for lunch as well. If you’re working and
you only have 30 minutes for lunch, you can come in and get your pie baked in
less than two minutes. So you could be in and out in 15 minutes max.”
The Neapolitan-style pizza, characterized by a razor-thin crust and short baking
time in a high-temperature oven — hence the 1,000 Degrees in the name — is
not meant to be delivered, Shah said, so the pizza shop will not offer delivery.
“It’s supposed to be eaten at the restaurant right when it comes out of the oven,”
Shah said.

1,000 Degrees also has build-your-own salads, wings and cheesy bread on the

In addition to the seven sauces, seven cheeses and more than 30 toppings to
choose from for do-it-yourself pizzas, 1,000 Degrees in Bradenton is bringing in
the iPourIt technology. iPourIt turns customers into their own “beertenders” by
equipping them with a bracelet that’s linked to their credit card. Customers scan
the bracelet at a tap before pouring beers priced and charged by the ounce. In
addition to mainstream beers such as Budweiser and Bud Light, Shah plans to
have more than two dozen craft beers on tap, including local varieties.
The iPourIt technology appealed to him because it means he can serve beer
without the overhead cost of employing a bartender.

“I researched it and realized that I can sell beer 30 to 40 percent cheaper than
others do,” Shah said.

There are four 1,000 Degrees locations open in Florida, with another three,
including Shah’s, set to open soon. Vice president of operations for 1,000
Degrees John Feltes said another four or five Florida locations are to follow, as
well. The Sunshine State is well-positioned for pizza-franchise growth, thanks in
large part to tourism.

“It really is a pizza state,” Feltes said. “That sounds really weird, but outside of
New York City, one of the most dense areas is right around Orlando when it
comes to pizzerias. And a lot of that is because of tourism. When you want
something quick and you’re a tourist and you don’t want to spend $80 on chicken
tenders inside of the resorts, calling out for pizza is pretty darn easy, and it’s

Nationwide, New Jersey-based 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria has more than two dozen
locations in 12 states, with plans to open locations in Tennessee and Maryland

For more information on the 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria Bradenton location and for
details on grand-opening specials, visit the location’s Facebook page

1000 Degrees Pizzeria ready to heat up Sioux City market

SIOUX CITY — The pizza scene in Sioux City will soon heat up with the upcoming arrival of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria.

When this location opens May 1 at 1388 Hamilton Blvd., it will mark the three-year-old New Jersey-based pizza chain’s first foray into Iowa.

What separates 1000 Degrees from other pizza joints is that customers walk in and order through a build-your-own pizza type of assembly line, similar to going to a Chipotle or Subway restaurant. The made-to-order pizzas are then cooked in a 1000-degree custom Neapolitan oven in just two minutes.

Founded by Brian Petruzzi, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is a rapidly growing franchise that has added dozens of locations coast to coast since the first restaurant opened in Galloway, New Jersey, in 2014.

Jesse Miller and Scott Salem will serve as co-general managers of the Sioux City restaurant. It will be located in a retail center bounded by Hamilton, Wesley Parkway and 14th Street whose tenants currently include a Scooter’s Coffee House.

Miller’s family previously owned the former Bev’s on the River, and Salem served as the general manager of the restaurant overlooking the Missouri River before it closed Jan. 1. The former Bev’s space will be converted into a Crave restaurant, which is set to open sometime in February.

Becca Feauto, a local spokeswoman for 1000 Degree Neapolitan Pizzeria, said bringing the chain to Hamilton Boulevard was intentionally done to help rejuvenate the area after a rash of businesses moved out of the neighborhood over the last few years.

1000 Degrees pizzas come in either 10-inch or 14-inch sizes with unlimited toppings, and there are nearly 20 vegetable selections, eight sauces to choose from, seven types of cheese, seven meat varieties, and two kinds of crusts, one of which is gluten-free, made fresh from tipo 00 flour, and is mixed using an authentic fork-style mixer.

For the non-creative types, there are also 15 types of pizzas on the menu, including “Smokey Pollo,” which features a sweet and smokey bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, shredded mozzarella and bleu cheese, and other pizzeria standards like pepperoni, an all-meat selection and a classic margherita.

In addition to pizza, 1000 Degrees has salads, which also can be customized, fire roasted wings that come in six flavors and breadsticks made from fresh dough.

Feauto thinks the addition of 1000 Degrees to the Sioux City market will provide people with a low-cost and convenient dining option in an inviting atmosphere.

“From the photos that I’ve seen, it is a really nice establishment — nice tile and color choices — so it’s not your dive pizza place and it’s a place where you can go and get a pizza for an affordable price and bring the kids out or have a date night if you want,” she said.